Farmer Hoggett wins a runt piglet at a local fair and young Babe, as the piglet decides to call himself, befriends and learns about all the other creatures on the farm. He becomes special friends with one of the sheepdogs, Fly…
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Harmless children's fairy tale that is generally of much better quality then most family films (and more adult with its darker themes of lost innocence than you'd expect) but its aggressively feel good gloss at times made my teeth hurt. The slightly bizarre sequel is more interesting.
In a Kafkaesque turn of events, the entire world thought BABE was a lighthearted romp, while I was left weeping from what was the most morbid existential allegory I've ever seen. Because this is BABE, it sounds like I'm joking. I'm not. This movie is about a holy fool slowly learning that the forces of the universe have brought him, and his species, into being for the express purpose of being murdered. Devastating.
This is the epitome of family films and is the one family film all must answer to. To actually make a talking pig amongst others truly believable characters is not an easy feat at all. However, Chris Noonan excels completely. This is one of the great films because it has both unforgettable and astonishing moments you just don't see very often in family films. I loved it as a kid, and I love it even more now.
An unexpected gem with a wonderful performance by Cromwell. This family film has a wonderful message and respects its audience in its lack of cynicism, pandering, and irony that's prevalent in many of today's family films.
Hmm; this one gives me complicated feelings. The story has a model of uplift, but the movie acknowledges (and substantially so) the horror of the system that Babe inhabits. The expressionistic lighting and 'Animal Farm'-esque nature of the thing sort of cast the lighthearted music and comic tone in an ironic light. And I'm not sure that's entirely right for a family film. On the upside: nice animal semiotics here.
Hmm. Being no longer of the intended audience I concede that Babe certainly has its charms, and I only dutifully caught it for a podcast. But in its own weird, committed way, I can see the vision that connects this to Fury Road in its singular-minded grotesqueness. Its largely the introduction of plot and message that put me off, more sequences like the clock heist would have sufficed. 2.5